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What Makes a Great Workshop Instructor?


Workshop Instructor

Participating in an art workshop is a tremendous way to acquire information, add to your skill set, get out of your comfort zone, and learn from inspiring artists.

But what makes a great workshop instructor? We recently posed this question to our community on social media, and here's what they had to say:

Knowledge of the media and technique, plus the ability to communicate and be organized. - James M.

It's not enough to be a master artist. A great workshop instructor has a plan and the capacity to lay out information in easy-to-understand and practical ways. There's also a fine line between sharing information and techniques, and overwhelming you with superfluous information. A good teacher has a knack for making complicated things seem simple and approachable.

Focused on process and not overly concerned with the finished piece. - Sandra J.

A great workshop instructor encourages you to experiment and make mistakes. Learning something new can be intimidating and take time to master (sometimes years). Most of us learn best by doing, supported by reflection afterwards. So use your workshop time to gather as much information and hands-on experience as you can - and don't worry about trying to complete a masterpiece.

They are cued into your needs. - Sandra M

A great workshop instructor connects with each student. No matter where you are in your art learning curve, a good teacher will find a way to meet you where you are. They will work to understand your unique creative goals, strengths and weaknesses. So even in a workshop with students from lots of different backgrounds, a good instructor will find a way to inspire and guide you to meet your personal goals and become more confident in your skills.

Someone who doesn't, consciously or subconsciously, strive to create ...'mini-me' clones. - Edna K.

A great workshop instructor strives to have students produce work that is unique. They want you to be able to think for yourself and make decisions and put a work of art together that belongs to you, the student.

What other characteristics make a great workshop instructor? What about for your kids? Or for a first-time art workshop student? Please comment below.

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